Basic Sicilian Biscotti with Anise

anise biscotti are perfect to enjoy with coffee or anytime

With a licorice-like flavor and digestion-supporting medicinal properties, there’s a lot to like about anise seed (not to be confused with star anise!). These biscotti straight out of Grandma Cicero’s Sicilian kitchen wrap up all our favorite anise benefits into one delicious crunchy biscuit.

After making a batch of these biscotti, the yummy smell of anise hangs in the kitchen all day. We love these toasted cookies due to their satisfying crunchiness and delicate flavor, which makes them pretty addictive. Beware - it’s impossible to eat just one! Enjoy them as the perfect breakfast bite with your morning coffee--a crunch of sweetness with a unique, energizing flavor. Your taste buds will wake up fast!

To correctly flavor your biscotti, it’s important to use anise oil, available at specialty stores or online. Anise extract, an easier-to-find anise flavoring, doesn’t quite hold its taste through the baking process and leaves the biscotti tasty, but without the distinctive anise flavor.

The trickiest part to getting these right is to not leave them alone with the broiler! Keep eyes on the biscotti the whole time or they can burn really quickly. Getting the perfect level of crunch is a bit of an art, and requires your full attention. 

This recipe also works great with different flavors or added nuts. Skip the anise and try almond extract and chopped almonds for an especially crunchy version, or for a beautiful holiday biscotti use vanilla extract, pistachios and cranberries.

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